As is no doubt fully apparent,after about a year of rambling on about it, I think parkrun is great. It allows people to get involved each week in whatever capacity they choose and encourages health and wellbeing, and that’s a good thing. You can walk it, you can run it, you can give up your time and volunteer at it or even a combination of all those things. This is what makes the community work, everyone can get what they want out of it. What I didn’t know until recently was that you can donate money too.
85% of the funds you donate will go towards improving your parkrun and the remaining 15% will be deposited in the parkrun “NEW EVENTS” fund. This obviously helps get more events out there for all to enjoy. If you make a donation to your home parkrun it could be used for the anniversary event, the annual prize giving, replacing worn equipment or for generally improving your parkrun. You can find the link to make a donation tucked away on your specific parkruns ‘about us’ page tucked away under the ‘more…’ drop down, see screenshot below. If you click on the ‘Donate to parkrun’ image in the centre of the page it takes you off to PayPal to allow you to do your thing.
parkrun UK is passionate about providing simple and safe events and has recently pledged to have Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available at all 5k parkruns. You can read more about that here. You can make a donation that will go towards the provision of an AED and give back to not just parkrun but to the wider community. Help be the difference.
parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event and subsequent withdrawals that the event teams makes will be published online. Remember folks, parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation and the events each week are put on by volunteers.